Vics beaten in series opener

VICTORIA was unable to capitalise on a solid foundation helped laid by Travis King as it was beaten by New South Wales in round one of the Australian Country Cricket Championships on Wednesday.

Chasing NSW's 7-330, Victoria was dismissed for 242 at Canberra's Kippax Oval.

Strathdale's King and opening partner Lee Stockdale (44) put on 84 for the first wicket to get Victoria away to a strong start.

King made a patient 39 off 137 balls (one four) before he was the second wicket to fall with the score on 109 when trapped lbw by Scott Burkinshaw.

Fellow Strathdale players Cameron Taylor made 15 and Linton Jacobs was dismissed for one for Victoria, which plays South Australia in a one-day game on Thursday in round two.

Meanwhile, in the Fonterra Northern Rivers Junior Country Week Carnival, there were two wins for Bendigo on day three on Wednesday.

Bendigo's under-16 team rounded out the tournament with its first win, defeating Goulburn Murray by three wickets.

Bendigo bowled superbly to dismiss Goulburn Murray for 77, with Brae Sherwell (3-9), Jeremy Hancock (2-11) and Jack Neylon (2-18) leading the attack.

Bendigo recovered from 6-43 to answer with 7-81, with the fightback led by Tallis Miles (11 n.o.) and Isaac Watson (15).

Bendigo's under-14 team remained undefeated after its three games, defeating Goulburn Murray at Moama.

Batting first, Bendigo made 7-162. Daniel Clohesy (40) continued his good form and was well supported by James Ryan (32), Patrick Blandford (29) and Sean O'Farrell (24).

In reply, Goulburn Murray was bowled out for 107, falling 55 runs short.

Lachlan Dillon cleaned up the tail, taking 3-0 to wrap up the innings, while spinner Liam Brown claimed two wickets.

Bendigo will play Shepparton in Thursday's final at Strathmerton.

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